Aidan McHugh, Australian Open 2018
Aidan McHugh, Australian Open 2018 | (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Tennis | Challenger & ITF Round Up | Aidan McHugh claims title in ITF Santo Domingo

By Glenys Furness

  • Aidan McHugh was eighth seed
  • Brit dropped only one set en route to the final
SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC – Aidan McHugh entered the ITF event and was the eighth seed. The Brit progressed all the way to the final, and lifted the trophy.


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Brit of the Week

Aidan McHugh entered the ITF event in Dominican Republic. The Brit was the eighth seed. In the first round McHugh was against Conner Huertas Del Pino. The Peruvian stayed with McHugh in the first set and forced a tiebreak. The seed eased through the breaker to take the lead. McHugh dominated the second set and moved into the next round 7-6(4), 6-2.

In the second round the Brit was against another Peruvian Jorge Brian Panta. The first set saw the Brit dominate Panta, losing only one game. The second set saw Panta play better and stay with the Brit, ultimately, though McHugh managed to break serve and book a spot in the next round 6-1, 6-4.

The quarter-final saw McHugh against American Kyle Seelig. The first set was fairly close, as the seed and the American went toe to toe. The Brit managed to finally break the serve of Seelig and move ahead. In the second set McHugh dominated the American and progressed into the semi-final 6-4, 6-2.

In the semi-final the Brit was against another American Roy Smith. McHugh made the better start and broke Smith early to take the lead. Smith re-grouped in the second set and broke McHugh to level up the match. However, the Brit was not having any of it and in the final set dominated Smith. McHugh moved into the final     6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

The final saw McHugh against Nicolas Kicker. The Argentine stayed close in the first set, but the Brit managed to break serve to take the lead in the set. The second set saw the Brit break early to go ahead, however, Kicker pulled it back and levelled up the match. The final set was close, but fortunately, McHugh managed to break the Argentine to claim the title 7-5, 3-6, 6-3.


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Challenger & ITF Round Up

Freya Christie was defeated by Lamis Alhussein Abdel Aziz in the first round in Monastir 6-3, 0-6, 6-1.

Alice Gillan was defeated by Himeno Sakatsume in the second round in Monastir 6-4, 6-1.

Felix Gill was defeated by Jose Fco. Vidal Azorin in the first round in Novomoskovsk 6-3, 6-3.

Iman Khan was defeated by Natalia Siediska in the first round in Antalya 4-6, 6-0, 6-1.

Stuart Parker was defeated by Giovanni Fonio in the quarter-final in Antalya 6-3, 2-6, 6-1.

Anton Matusevich was defeated by Bruno Kuzuhara in the first round in Helsinki 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Mark Whitehouse was defeated by Daniel Little in the first round in Heraklion 6-4, 6-1.

Julian Cash was defeated by Ben Patael in the first round in Heraklion 6-2, 7-6(5).

Anna Popescu was defeated by Anastasia Detiuc in the first round in Heraklion 6-3, 6-3.

Daniel Little was defeated by Yuki Mochizuki in the second round in Heraklion 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3.

Luke Johnson was defeated by Ben Patael in the second round in Heraklion 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Billy Harris was defeated by Ben Patael in the quarter-final in Heraklion 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

Toby Martin was defeated by Skander Mansouri in the first round in Sarajevo 6-4, 6-2.

Luka Petrovic was defeated by Joao Lucas Reis Da Silva in the quarter-final in Sarajevo 6-3, 6-3.

Next week Brits play in Paris, Nottingham, Dominican Republic, Macedonia, USA, Italy, Greece, Tunisia, Portugal & Lithuania.


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